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The Moral Legitimacy of NGOs as Partners of Corporations

Dorothea Baur & Guido Palazzo

abstract Partnerships between companies and NGOs have received considerable attention in CSR in the past years. However, the role of NGO legitimacy in such partnerships has thus far been neglected. We argue that NGOs assume a status as special stakeholders of corporations which act on behalf of the common good. This role requires a particular focus on their moral legitimacy. We introduce a conceptual framework for analysing the moral legitimacy of NGOs along three dimensions, building on the theory of deliberative democracy. Against this background we outline three procedural characteristics which are essential for judging the legitimacy of NGOs as potential or actual partners of corporations.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords CSR, NGOs, NGO-business partnerships, legitimacy, deliberative democracy
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-12-2011
journal Business Ethics Quarterly
publisher Philosophy Documentation Center (Charlottesville, USA)
ISSN 1052-150X
ISSN (online) 2153-3326
volume of journal 21
number of issue 4
page(s) 579-604
review double-blind review
   
citation Baur, D., & Palazzo, G. (2011). The Moral Legitimacy of NGOs as Partners of Corporations. Business Ethics Quarterly, 21(4), 579-604.